They're romantic and inherently a bit melancholy. Black and white city portraits have a flare for the overdramatic, and for this week's Shooting Challenge, you captured all of the simple charm and deep intensity of your city.
When I went out to shoot for this weekly contest. I looked for buildings with great lines and shadows, things that would look great when converted into black and white. But then, halfway through, i realized simply taking pictures of buildings isnt what a Manila is known for. So thats why i chose this pic to send in, Manila is a constantly developing city and its the workers and scaffoldings that embody its progress. Shot with a nikon d70 with an 18-70mm f3.5 lens at iso 200. (lead shot is cropped—click for full version)
- Gabriel Lizares
It was very early, and I was heading up Yonge St. in Toronto, Ontario. This intersection is Yonge St. and King St. As I was crossing the street, I noticed how the buildings disappeared into the mist, so I stopped for a few shots. I think this is the best one. Camera: Bentley WX-E - It's a plastic camera from the '70s, I believe. No real settings. Just point and shoot. Film: Lady Grey Lomography 400 ISO
- Lucas Declavasio
This past weekend was the Annual Peach Festival in Middletown Delaware. We had a wonderful time in the heat and as we were heading back to the car I saw the white water tower against a nearly clear blue sky. I took the attached shot. I loaded into photoshop and put a black and white layer on it, and then adjusted the blues channel all the way down to black out the sky. Camera: Canon T2i, f/8, 1/640, ISO: 100, Lens: Kit 18-55mm
- Aaron Knipe
It was Sunny hot day at Time square New York in August 2011, I was crossing a street then I saw tin man like this guy with desperate face expression made me a idea of the Tin man looking for his heart from Wizard of OZ but this time in New York City. Camera : Leica M9, Lens: Voigtlander 21mm, ISO : 160. Exposure: F4. 1/500
- Sangjun Chon
Morning in the city of Thessaloniki, in Greece. This is the time to enjoy an empty-streets city as lots of people are on vacation at Chalkidiki. Photo taken from the Seich-Sou forest which surrounds the city, perfect for mountain-biking and other sport activities. There are a lot of monuments, statues and other tourist attractions in the city, but I preferred shooting the core of the city, where people live and suffer due to the economic crisis. As one can see from this picture, concrete is everywhere, ruling our lives. Even in a Black&White photo, the absence of green color is obvious. Perhaps in the future we manage to change our philosophy, slow down our rythmes and think of how we can improve our lives, spending less and doing more! Nikon D5000 f/22, 1/100sec, ISO 200, in Aperture priority mode, tripod Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm Lens 1:4.5-5.6G.
- Dimitris Katramados
I was in Shanghai on business and had a couple "dwell" days between projects, so I roamed Shanghai with an ultra-wide angle lens taking street photos. This photo is of the famous TV Tower in the Pudong section of Shanghai. There's an elevated circular sidewalk that allows pedestrians to circumnavigate the adjacent intersection. I lined-up the tower so it was framed by the bottom of the sidewalk. The fisheye lens amplified the effect of the circular half-frame. I like to shoot architecture in black and white because it has a more graphic look. It was nearly 100 degrees in the shade that day and I was dripping sweat all over my camera. I was lucky I didn't drip on the lens and ruin the shot. 8mm Fisheye (full manual), ISO: 100, Shutter: 1/1600 @ f5.6, Camera: Nikon D7000, Processing: Converted to BW using NIK filter / flattened slightly using Lens Correction filter in PS
- Jim Hofman
I love cityscapes in black and white. My whole bachelor pad is covered in all black and white photos of different cities, bridges and structures from various time periods. It fascinates me how constant this world is and how we just come and go, but these structures live on far longer than us. If only they could talk, what a story they would tell. I'm no serious photographer, but I love taking the pics I post in my house, so I was excited to go and try to capture the amazing city that is NYC for the first time. The highlight of my trip was a helicopter ride (LOVE helicopters, thanks BF3) around the city from which I could get a chance see what my new Canon Rebel T2i could really do. I could visualize this shot in my head before we even took off, now to just put it in manual mode and see what I get. FAIL! I'm no pro (yet) and I've still got a lot to learn before I truly understand the challenging profession of a true photographer. Thankfully, canon makes a very decent auto mode and I could still capture the shot I wanted for my dining room wall. New York City. For a boy from Indiana, I sure could feel the energy of this city from the moment the cab was crossing the Williamsburg Bridge. I was blown away with the skyline that filled my peripheral vision. Finally, a place where I can get 'lost'. I knew I was in for an experience like none other. Thats the feeling I remember when I look at this photo. It's my sanctuary, my place of solitude. I can just see myself down there amongst the deafening sea of people, engulfed by the giant pillars they have created, and it brings me peace... Canon EOS Rebel T2i, EF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. ISO 100 | 18mm | 0EV | f/11 | 1/160
- Marcus Livers
It was a sunny summers day in Edinburgh (Scotland) which is a rare thing! I fell asleep early by accident but when I woke up it was around 11pm and I decided to grab the camera and head out down to the docks to see if I could capture something. I found the Prince of Wales dock and managed to get a nice snap using the old style lighting and the old train rails which used to bring goods to and from the dock. Taken with a Canon 40D using a Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM at 16mm, ISO 160 and a 3.2s exposure.
- Tim Edgeler
When I was walking after a heavy rain, within the heritage zone here in my city Penang, this building caught my attention as it portraits the pre-second-world-war architecture, fused by modern buildings and automobiles at the far end of the street. The first couple of shots were ordinary because something was lacking in it, a subject. So I stood there and waited. At last, there was this old lady, traditionally dressed and cycled by the building with an old bicycle. When I hit on the shutter I knew that this is going to be THE shot. Sony Alpha 57, 24mm, f/16, 1/60 sec, ISO 400.
- Kori Chow
Drove all over SF (where I live) with my buddy. We've always procrastinated about participating in one of these challenges, so on our way home, camera battery dying, we snapped a few pictures...99% of them being garbage except this. The only editing I did was to adjust the levels, crop, and well as the obvious B&W in photoshop. I have a Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens. The metadata for the pic is ISO 360, f/7.1, 1/2000.
- Matthew Singleton
Wow this batch of entries was great. The variety of approaches, from single buildings to wide panoramas made for a very interesting collection of photos. Be sure to see the rest of the images below and the full size shots on flickr.